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FRM F002 - Practical Management of Atypical Melanocytic Lesions

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Friday, March 01

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Flamingo 3

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Director: Caroline C. Kim, MD, FAAD


  • Michael E. Ming, MD, FAAD
  • Kelly C. Nelson, MD, FAAD
  • Jennifer A. Stein, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Implement strategies in clinical practice to accurately monitor atypical nevus patients while avoiding unnecessary biopsies
  • Recognize clinical features of concerning melanocytic lesions on the scalp/face vs. trunk/extremity vs. acral areas in complex nevus patients
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of different biopsy techniques for pigmented lesions, and scenarios in which to consider each

Dermatologists are faced with the difficult task of evaluating and managing patients with atypical melanocytic lesions. This forum will review practical strategies for the evaluation of patients with complex nevus exams and the process of deciding to biopsy a lesion. Clinical case examples utilizing clinical as well as dermoscopic photos of challenging pigmented lesion patients will be presented by location, including scalp and facial, truncal and extremity, and acral lesions. Different biopsy techniques will also be discussed, with a presentation of the advantages and limitations of each. This forum is directed to all general dermatologists.


Friday, March 01
10:00 AMIntroduction/Overview: Practical Management of Atypical Melanocytic Lesions / Dr. Kim
10:20 AMManagement of Atypical Truncal/Extremity Melanocytic Lesions / Dr. Nelson
10:45 AMManagement of Atypical Scalp/Facial Melanocytic Lesions / Dr. Kim
11:10 AMPractical Management of Acral Pigmented Lesions / Dr. Stein
11:35 AMConsiderations for Biopsy of Atypical Melanocytic Lesions / Dr. Ming